Assault has four elements:
To meet the apprehension requirement there must be a reasonable belief or awareness of imminent harmful or offensive contact that would be a battery if completed.
My textbook discusses how words may affect apprehension. They say the following:
Words may characterize or even negate a gesture – “if it were not for your white hair I would punch you in the nose.”
The book also says
But words cannot present a tortious alternative – “your money or your life”
I am not sure what my textbook is trying to say by this. I think that in the first sentence it is showing an example of words that negate apprehension. The second sentence, however, confuses me. Explain what the text means by tortious alternative and whether the tortious alternative prevents apprehension or allows it.